May 2016– E Panui
Te Whaioranga

Tēnā koutou katoa,

“Manaakitia kei mua. Mahia ā muri”-“Enhancing mana beforehand. Work comes afterwards”.
Tēnā rā Koutou ngā Kaimahi,
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Our work with Whānau Ora Collectives
Our work with Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā (Māori Pharmacists Association) and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa (Māori Medical Practitioners Association).
Hiwinui Heke 2015/2016 Pharmacy Scholarships winners Māori PHARMAC staff changes What has PHARMAC been doing to promote Māori Responsiveness with its staff? PHARMAC Matariki celebrations
Te Whaioranga – new web pages Resources you can order or register for   Useful Links
Our work with Whānau Ora Collectives
PHARMAC has now signed agreements with five Whānau Ora collectives, the most recent with Kōtahitanga at Papakura Marae on 19 February. Each agreement establishes a partnership intended to promote and nurture good faith engagement and the opportunity to work together on matters of mutual interest in relation to Māori health and well-being. The partnerships will make the most of our combined skills, expertise, experience and shared strengths.

Chair of Kōtahitanga, Phil Tāne pictured with CEO of PHARMAC, Steffan Crausaz, signing the agreement between PHARMAC and Kōtahitanga at Papakura Marae.
In July 2015 representatives from member organisations of Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective met with PHARMAC CEO, Steffan Crausaz; Kaiwhakahaere o Te Tira Whakarata Māori, Ātene Andrews and PHARMAC Kaumātua Bill Kaua to sign the Te Arawa WOC-PHARMAC agreement.
This agreement has come about through the introductions and support work of Katerina Pihera-Ridge.  Katerina is a member of PHARMAC’s Consumer Advisory Committee. PHARMAC’s work in developing agreements is outlined in our 2015 Year in Review. For more information contact Ātene Andrews or Karen Jacobs-Grant at PHARMAC,

Te Arawa Whānau Ora Collective members and PHARMAC staff sign their MoA in July 2015.
An agreement is the initial step between PHARMAC and a Whānau Ora Collective to work together to provide the best healthcare and access to medicines for Māori whānau and to support activities which meet the needs of local communities.
In 2016 we plan to work with Whānau Ora Collectives in other regions across Aotearoa and look forward to discussing their health plans and potential partnerships.
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Our work with Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa
We are working closely with Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā-Māori Pharmacists Association the and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa -Māori Medical Practitioners Association (Te ORA).
Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā is the lead provider for the PHARMAC Māori medicines use wānanga, He Rongoā Pai,He Oranga Whānau. A one day pilot has been developed and will be trialled in the first part of this year with two Whānau Ora Collective partners. This one day wānanga is for Māori community health workers, Māori primary care nurses and whānau Māori. More information about the one day pilot will follow in the next e-panui (July/August).
Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa and PHARMAC recently signed an MoA which reflects our long-term relationship and signals possibilities beyond annual sponsorship, to potential summer studentships for Te Oranga (Māori Medical Student’s Association), and closer interaction between Māori doctors and PHARMAC staff and clinicians.

Kaihautu/Chairperson of Te ORA,Dr Rawiri Jansen and CEO of PHARMAC, Steffan Crausaz sign the agreement between PHARMAC and Te ORA at Papakura Marae on 19 February 2016.
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Hiwinui Heke Māori Pharmacy Scholarships 2015
The Hiwinui Heke Pharmacy Scholarships are jointly sponsored by PHARMAC and Ngā Kaitiaki o te Puna Rongoā. These awards are the first scholarships ever made available to Māori pharmacy students.
Scholarships are available to students who are of Māori descent; are members of Māori Pharmacists’ Association; and are studying full-time toward the undergraduate degree of the Bachelor of Pharmacy at the Otago School of Pharmacy or the Auckland School of Pharmacy. Applications for the 2017/2018 scholarships are open mid-July 2016 and awarded in November, upon proof of successful completion of the academic year.
The two young pharmacists who were successful in their bid to win a 2015/2016 scholarship are Tayla Tuhikarama and Corbin O’Neill.

Tayla Tuhikarama-Tainui

Tayla studied at the University of Otago School of Pharmacy and has aspirations to conduct post-graduate research in Māori health or be part of a team to develop new Māori health initiatives. In the meantime Tayla is working with Leanne Te Karu evaluating the marae-based health literacy project with a focus on gout.
Corbin O’Neill-Te Aitanga Mahaki

Corbin has studied at Auckland School of Pharmacy and his plans for the future are to continue his journey delivering health care and education and continue his research in mental health issues young Māori are disproportionately facing. Corbin is driven by the health inequities seen in his community.
Both Corbin and Tayla have shown tenacity in their studies and have overcome some strong competition to achieve their scholarships.
Congratulations Tayla and Corbin!  We look forward to working with you in the future.
How do I apply for a Hiwinui Heke Pharmacy Scholarship?
Click Hiwinui Heke Maori Pharmacy Scholarships and to find out how to apply.
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PHARMAC Māori staff changes

Angela Cathro (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kikopiri), who has been working as Kaiwhakarata Māori, has been given the opportunity to move into a new role for a 12 month fixed term, working as a Pharmaceutical Project Implementation Lead, in the Implementation team. I would like to congratulate her on her mahi and her Māori responsiveness while working with me on some of our major projects. Good Luck Angela!

Nau mai Haere mai, to Karen Jacobs-Grant, (Ngāti Whātua, Ngāpuhi,Ngāti Torehina) to Te Tira Whakarata Māori for a 12 month term working as Kaihonohono Whakarata Māori.  Karen will focus mostly on our work with Whānau Ora Collectives bringing to the team,  health professional experience and past experience as National Programme Manager, One Heart Many Lives. But of course there is a lot of other mahi, which Karen will be involved with both inside and outside of PHARMAC.
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What has PHARMAC been doing to promote Māori Responsiveness with its staff?

Te Whaioranga Champions
In 2015 the “Te Whaioranga Champions”  were created and these champions now number 18 staff members.  These 18 staff act as 18 “points of contact” for  information about the five strategic goals (pou) of Te Whaioranga 2013-2023 strategy. Their role is to champion all things Māori at PHARMAC. This includes ongoing Te Reo Māori training, development of a Māori research database and repository, work on the new Factors for Consideration which will replace the Decision Criteria used by PHARMAC to help make decisions about funding of pharmaceuticals.
The Te Whaioranga Champions rōpu is made up of staff from across the four directorates within PHARMAC. The group includes health economists, medical doctors, pharmacists, policy analysts and people involved in national contract negotiation and management.
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Māori land court Judge Sarah Reeves speaks to PHARMAC staff about Te Whenua Te Oranga o te Iwi.
We were fortunate that Judge Sarah Reeves’ was able to give us some of her valuable time recently to present to PHARMAC staff about, Te Whenua Te Oranga o te Iwi. The link between land 'acquisition' and whānau hauora and rongoā was made clear in Judge Reeves presentation. What we heard about was the profound negative effect that land confiscation and colonisation has had on hauora Māori.
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Three Te Tiriti o Waitangi Workshops
Over half of PHARMAC’s staff members(120) have now attended the Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop run by Waitangi Associates. The workshops have created a positive shift in thinking and it has provided staff with a wider and broader view of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and what it means for all New Zealanders, especially Māori.
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The five pou of Te Whaioranga in brief
1.Hikina te tino rangatiratanga o ngā whānau-advance tino rangatiratanga with whānau,
2.Whakatōtika ngā hoa rangatiratanga-establish and maintain authentic strategic relationships,
3.Whakatoatia ngā rongoā whakaritenga-Champion evidence-based Māori medicine management,
4.Tautoko te mahi rangahau rongoā-support and engage in indigenous health research,
5.Manaaki akonga ngā tikanga ki te Ao Māori-enhance and enable internal expertise and capability in Te Ao Māori.
To read the full Te Whaioranga strategy click here
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PHARMAC Matariki celebrations
This year PHARMAC staff and representatives from a number of Whānau Ora Collectives and Māori health organisations and associations will meet in Wellington on the 15 July to explore ways to advance whānau health. The hui will end with a farewell for Māori members of the PHARMAC Consumer Advisory Committee, Shane Bradbrook, Katerina Pihera-Ridge and Barbara Greer.
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Te Whaioranga web pages

New web pages are being added and  some of the existing web pages are being updated over the next three months to include useful information and resources for all Whānau ora Collective partners, health professionals and whānau.
The web pages will include kete with information and resources, for,

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Seminars coming up

PHARMAC Seminars are clinically relevant educational sessions for New Zealand health professionals.  They are hosted at PHARMAC’s Wellington office and a selection of seminars is also available online to view at a time that suits you.  Continuing Medical Education (CME) and  Clinical Professional Development (CPD) points are available from the online seminars when a learning reflection form is completed.

These seminars still have places available (click on the link to read more about each seminar)

Sleep problems and mental health issues
Friday, 3 June 2016
Clinical pharmacology for nurses - paediatrics, antibiotics and upper respiratory tract infections
Friday, 24 June 2016
Basic travel medicine
Friday, 8 July 2016
Palliative care
Friday, 5 August 2016
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There is some patient and health professional resources available at this web address
The resources can be ordered free of charge and couriered to your health clinic, marae or home. They include brand change information and some health promotion information.
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Useful links
Download a copy of PHARMAC’s Te Whaioranga strategy, Te Whaioranga
More information about the PHARMAC Seminar Series


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